Our local schools started up again this last week and with it comes the need for new school supplies. After just a few days one of my kids noticed that all the little bits- pencils, erasers and calculator- kept ending up at the bottom of the bag and were tough to dig out for each class. So I created a pencil case with a fun snap closure. It was so fun to make that I whipped up two more in the same afternoon.
For each bag you will need:
- 1 main print cut at 8″ x 9″
- 1 lining print cut at 9″ x 12.5″
- 1 piece of Heat n Bond® Heavy Weight Fusible Interfacing (8.5″ x 12″)
- 1 piece of Heat n Bond® Fusible Fleece (7.5″ x 8.5″)
- 2 lengths of ribbon (each at least 3″ long)
- 1 metal measuring tape
- coordinating thread
1. Following the instructions on the package, fuse the piece of Heat n Bond® Fusible Fleece to the wrong side of the main print. This will be the outer bag. Next fuse the piece of Heat n Bond® heavy weight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the lining fabric.
2. On all four sides of the lining fabric, mark the center point with a pin. Fold each of the 3″ long ribbons in half and place at the center point along the short sides of the lining fabric. Be sure the folded edge of the ribbon is pointing IN and the cut edges of the ribbons are lined up with the cut edge of the fabric. These will be the loops that help to open the pouch.
5. Repeat for opposite 9″ side, making sure the ribbon loop is laying flat.
Your bag will now look something like this:
6. Turn bag right sides out, line up the pins (the center points of the outer fabric and lining fabric) and press flat. The ribbon loops should be pressed as shown in the photo.
7. Using a coordinating thread, sew along the seams between the outer bag and lining (stitch in the ditch). This will create a pocket for the tape measure.
8. Fold bag in half, with the main print on the inside and the lining on the outside. Line up the top edges of the bag. Starting at the top edge of the bag, sew along side edge using a 1/4″ seam, backstitching at the bottom.
9. Insert tape measure segments into each pocket. Make sure the number side of the tape measure faces out (toward the lining!)
10. Sew second side of bag, lining up the top edge of the bag and pushing the tape measure segments to the far side of bag to keep them out of the way.
11. Turn bag right side out, carefully pushing bottom corners out. To open the bag, pull on the ribbon loops and watch the case pop open! These bags are fun to make, and even more fun to use!